Fireplace burn ban linked to lower death rate

There may be a little less holiday warmth this season as San Joaquin Valley air authorities step up wood-burning bans in fireplaces, but the smokeless nights are saving lives.

The wood-burning bans are preventing at least 50 premature deaths each year in the Fresno-Clovis area and about 30 annually in Bakersfield, a new study suggests.

The study was completed last month by David Lighthall, who is the health and science adviser for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

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